Past winners

2016 Winners

The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards were announced on Wednesday 9 November at an event hosted by Nationwide in London. Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

The awards are given to organisations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard. The Disability Standard represents best practice, but also provides information about specific areas to support business in their journey to becoming disability-smart and improve performance for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders.

The judging panel for the awards included leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF's Member and Partner organisations and disabled opinion leaders.

The following organisations and individuals were announced as winners and highly commended in their respective categories:


  • Executive Disability Champion: Steve Thorn, CGI
  • Disability Champion: Heather Carey, Cisco
  • Branding: Sainsbury's
  • Know-how: Victim Support
  • Adjustments: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Recruitment: Equal Approach & Remploy
  • Staff retention: Barclays 
  • Disabled Employee Network: Fujitsu
  • Products & services – Business to business: Barclays
  • Extra Costs Award: Uber
  • ICT: Fujitsu


Highly commended

  • Executive Disability Champion: Debbie Alder, Department for Work & Pensions
  • Disability Champion: Mayte Cubino Gonzalez, Cisco
  • Know-how: Nationwide
  • Adjustments: Department for Work & Pensions
  • Disabled Employee Network: Lloyds Banking Group 



2015 Winners


  • Executive Disability Champion: David Oldfield, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Disability Champion: Neil Milliken, Atos
  • Know-how: HMRC
  • Adjustments: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Recruitment: Sainsbury’s
  • Retention: Barclays
  • Career Development: Civil Service
  • Products and Services, B2B: Nuance
  • Products and Services, B2C: BT
  • Product Development: Sainsbury’s
  • Communication: HSBC
  • Premises: Brent Council
  • ICT: Barclays

Highly Commended:

  • Executive Disability Champion: Janice Henson, de Poel
  • Disability Champion: Ole Black, Office for National Statistics
  • Know-how: Accenture
  • Adjustments: Office for National Statistics
  • Recruitment: EY
  • Retention: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Products and Services, B2B: Microlink
  • Products and Services, B2C: Barclays
  • Product Development: RBS
  • ICT: EE


2014 Winners

  • Executive Champion: Ian Wilkie, Partner, EY
  • Disability Champion: Sean Smith, HM Revenue & Customs
  • Branding: Barclays
  • Know-how: Brunel University
  • Adjustments: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Recruitment: Barclays
  • Staff Retention: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Career Development: EY
  • Products and Services, B2B: AvePoint
  • Products and Services, B2C: Money Advice Service
  • Product Development: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Suppliers and Partners: Barclays
  • Website Communications: Barclays
  • Contact Centre: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Premises: Shell
  • ICT: HM Revenue & Customs